SPARTA, NJ – The school store at Sparta High School has earned national recognition.  The DECA Chapter School-based Enterprise, known as the school store, was awarded Gold Level DECA Certification 2019 according to DECA teacher Sandra Chiappini.

The Sparta High School team includes John Macones, Harrison Schon and Josh Williams.  Macones served as the store manager this year.  He is credited with initiating and overseeing the certification process according to Chiappini. 

"John has done an amazing job as School Store Manager this year and took it upon himself to initiate the process in applying for the SBE Certification," Chiappini said. "The process took approximately three months and his hard work paid off, earning our School Store the Gold Level SBE Certification for DECA. We are all so proud of his efforts and the recognition our store has received."

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The award was announced by Assistant Superintendent Patrick McQueeney at the February board of education meeting.

Sparta High School is one of only four schools in New Jersey to earn 2019 Gold Level status for their school store, which serves as a School Based Enterprise, according to Chiappini.

The DECA students submitted a 50 page report detailing the operation of the store and “how the business adheres to select business model standards,” Chiappini said.

National recognition is given in three levels; bronze, silver and gold.  So called SBE’s that have earned Gold level Certification become eligible to participate in the exclusive SBE Academy and competition held at the International Career Development Conference, according to Chiappini.

Macones, Schon and Williams will present at the conference in Orlando, Florida.

"Mrs. Chiappini and her very talented students have created what more resembles a college book store," Superintendent Michael Rossi said.  "You can grab a cup of Joe, get school supplies and walk out with a whole new wardrobe.  Not many high schools can make that claim.  Most importantly, the young men and women who maintain the enterprise are developing knowledge and skills that will open doors into higher education and career paths."

Chiappini said a school based enterprise, SBE, is an entrepreneurial operation in a school setting that provides goods and services to meet the needs of the market and are effective educational tools in helping to prepare students for the transition from school to work or college. 

For many students, it provides the fist work experience, for others, it provides an opportunity to build management, supervision and leadership skills. SBEs are managed an operated by students as hands on learning laboratories that integrate National Curriculum standards in marketing, finance, hospitality or management.


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